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April 2011The Relationship between Perceptions of Neighborhood Characteristics and Obesity among Children
with Bisakha Sen, Stephen Mennemeyer
in Economic Aspects of Obesity, Michael Grossman and Naci H. Mocan, editors
May 2009The Relationship Between Neighborhood Quality and Obesity Among Children
with Bisakha Sen, Stephen Mennemeyer: w14985
It has long been posited by scientists that we need to have a better understanding in the role that larger contextual factors -- like neighborhood quality and the built environment -- may have on the nation's obesity crisis. This paper explores whether maternal perceptions of neighborhood quality affect children's bodyweight outcomes, and whether racial and ethnic differences in such perceptions may explain any of the hitherto unexplained gap in bodyweight and obesity prevalence among Whites and minorities. The project uses data from the NLSY79 and the CoNLSY datasets. Results indicate that overall neighborhood quality is not significantly related to children's bodyweight. However, one particular characteristic, namely whether or not the mother believes there is enough police protectio...

Published: The Relationship between Perceptions of Neighborhood Characteristics and Obesity among Children, Bisakha Sen, Stephen Mennemeyer, Lisa C. Gary. in Economic Aspects of Obesity, Grossman and Mocan. 2011

 
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